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Dive into the history of the Hudson Valley towns that inspired Washington Irving’s spooky Halloween legends.
Chronicles of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow
by Edgar Mayhew Bacon
214 pgs, HVA Press, $18.95 (pbk)
First published in 1897, Chronicles of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow relays an authentic, comprehensive history of the region made famous by Washington Irving’s tales. This volume describes the life and customs of early settlers, and explores both legends (“The Headless Hessian”) and historical drama (the thrilling capture of Maj. John André). Local master storyteller Jonathan Kruk provides a foreword in this reprint; the book also includes black-and-white illustrations and a fold-out map of the two villages.
Want to preview the history for yourself? Read our article on the haunting history of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow for yourself, then celebrate the season at these Halloween events throughout the Hudson Valley.